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Biometric ID Around the World

James Corbett, February 1 2017

President Trump’s new Executive Order on “terrorist” (sic) entry calls on the Department of Homeland Security to “expedite the completion and implementation of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all travelers to the United States.”

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Dow 20,000: What Does It Mean?

James Corbett, January 28 2017

...don't worry, everyone, the wizards of Wall Street are currently positioning themselves for one last melt-up before the whole thing goes down, so there may yet be time to squeeze another few meaningless points out of this stock market rally.

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Cashless Biometrics and India’s Demonetization Experiment

James Corbett, January 24 2017

...the effort to biometrically register the population and the transition to cashless economy are  intimately related....  the latest word from Davos is India will to skip over card-based cashless payments and go straight to biometric e-payments.

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Chaos Out of Order

James Corbett, January 21 2017

 If this ended up being the year of the first North Korean nuclear attack or the rise of a neo-Communist insurgency in the West or an all-out cyberwar between major powers or a fake alien invasion, who would even be surprised at this point? We've lost our sense of normal. There is only chaos.

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Trading Trump

James Corbett, January 18 2017

So trading the first year of the Trump presidency tends to boil down to this: Do you think Trump can perform the miracle he's promising...? If so, then invest away! If not, then you might have another year or two left before the chickens that were hatched by the Fed in 2008 start coming home to roost.

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Gun Control Is Now A First Amendment Issue

James Corbett, January 14 2017

...the good news is that the era of physible guns is already here, and it has made the Second Amendment debate effectively moot. The bad news is that the era of physible guns is here and it has made gun control into a First Amendment debate. 

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The Continuing Decline of McDonald’s

James Corbett, January 11 2017

... on a positive note, we can take McFatfood’s woes as a sign that, try as they might with their considerable propaganda resources, the corporate chieftains can’t put their egg McMuffin back together again.

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Tech Trends for 2017

James Corbett, January 7 2017

Sadly, I could go on with the worrying tech trends that will be gaining steam in 2017... the technocratic control grid is here and there's nothing we can do about it.

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Trump Pivots Where Hillary Couldn't

James Corbett, January 4 2017

Whatever kind of con is being played here, it's still likely that Trump will be using Beijing as an easy punching bag to mollify his angry, working-class base.

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UN Condemns Illegal Israeli Settlements

James Corbett, December 28 2016

Strangely, though, there is no word yet out of Tel Aviv on whether Israel will be declining the record-setting $38 billion aid package the Obama administration promised earlier this year.

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2016 and The Descent Into Chaos

James Corbett, December 17 2016

But still, given the off-the-wall craziness we've seen transpire in the 2016 (s)election race so far, can anyone really rule out such an unprecedented turn of events? 

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Why Did Japan Just Ratify the TPP?

James Corbett, December 14 2016

The most intriguing possibility, and one that would immediately turn around and bite the Trump administration in the posterior is that it would open up the space for including China in the deal. And a TPP with China as the star signatory would be a very different deal...

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Group Calls for Kissinger's Arrest in Oslo

James Corbett, December 10 2016

But in fact, Henry Kissinger is notable among the unindicted war criminal jetset in having not one, not two, not three, but four separate legal systems with outstanding requests to answer for his participation in various atrocities.

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Next EU Domino Falls as Italy Rejects Renzi

James Corbett, December 7 2016

It’s still too early to know how this will play out, or even when an election is likely to be called. Italians could be heading to the polls right away if a snap election is called... As Bloomberg notes on Grillo, this biding of time may be necessary to give the establishment time to rig the election against the Five Star Movement.

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Economics Is Not A Science

James Corbett, December 3 2016

So if not economics, then what? How do we describe the study of the order that undeniably arises from the sum total of human activities? How do we understand this nearly unfathomably complex web of activities that bind humanity together if not through "economics?"

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